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How Schools and Community Institutions Can Utilize the Surrounding Community to Enhance Education and Engage Our Youth
“Give children a chance to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” –David Sobel
This Inspire Speakers Series features:
- David Sobel, a celebrated educator and writer who advances and promotes the philosophy of place-based education. By helping to establish the reciprocal relationships between our environments, our schools and our communities, David teaches us an educational approach that enhances student achievement, revitalizes our schools and communities, and promotes human and ecological health.
- Jane Werner, the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a local cultural gem, who is inspired by the connection between science and art as well as the co-education of children and families. The award-winning, LEED-certified museum delights and inspires children through “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Named one of the nation’s top ten children’s museums by Parents Magazine in 2011 and recognized nationally for its work in the community, it offers a great regional example of where kids and families can find opportunities for wonder, exploration and action.
Both leaders have a vision for healthy communities and the enrichment of learning for both students and adults. Join us as the speakers guide us along a path from wonder and joy towards social action and inspiring education. Attendees will discover the:
- Value of place-based education in celebrating local history, art, and the environment through play, wonder, exploration and hands-on learning.
- Opportunity for environmental education to provide an escape from the “ecophobia” that posits the natural world as a tragic problem, and for inspired curriculum to serve a social purpose.
- Positive impact on student achievement and engagement when education is designed like the local farmers’ market, drawing on the resources and diversity of the local community.
- Children’s Museum’s commitment to community locally and nationally, and their exciting programming that goes beyond the museum’s borders.
- Role of children’s museums and other community institutions to inspire and innovate as they work on the edge of formal education.
- Possibility for connecting our schools, community institutions, and businesses to create a culture of thriving community collaboration and learning.
More About David Sobel
- Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England
- Consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education to schools, environmental organizations, and the National Park Service
- Has authored seven books and more than 60 articles on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists, and school administrators
- Was recognized as one of the Daring Dozen educational leaders in the United States in 2007 by Edutopia magazine
- Has served on the editorial boards of:
- Community Works Journal
More About Jane Werner
- Has 31 years of museum experience, including 23 years at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh where she served as Program Director, Deputy Director and currently Executive Director
- Led the The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s 2004 expansion, a $29M capital campaign that resulted in the first LEED certified children’s museum in the country with a Silver designation, the 2006 American Institute of Architects National Award and 2006 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award. This expansion led to the museum’s attendance growing from 83,000 to over 260,000 visitors per year.
- Under Jane’s leadership, the Museum has received:
- The 2009 National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its work in the community
- Parents Magazine’s Top Ten children’s museums in the country in 2011
- One of five Magnetic Museums in the museum industry by American Alliance of Museums in 2013
- A graduate of Syracuse University, Jane currently is President of the Association of Children’s Museums. She sits on and is past president of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Board and New Hazlett Theater. She is on the advisory boards of the Maker Education Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University’s Studio for Creative Inquiry, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Forbes Fund, Kids and Creativity Working Group, Fred Rogers’ Center and Winchester Thurston School.
- Her awards include:
- ASTC’s 2007 Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the field
- 2012 Westmoreland gold medal for Museum Leadership
- 2012 YWCA Woman in the Arts Leadership Award
- Named on of 2013 Pittsburgh Businesswoman Leaders
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